Niagara Gazette — staff reports
The 2014 Catholic Charities Appeal must raise an additional $1 million to reach its $10.8 million by the June 30 target date. At present, the Appeal has generated $9.8 million in cash and pledges from throughout the eight-county Buffalo Diocese.
Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, the diocesan director of Catholic Charities, said the campaign team remains “cautiously optimistic” that the 90th annual Appeal will close the gap and ensure success over the next several weeks.
She added, “On the plus side, we have raised nearly $1 million since the close of Appeal Week (April 6-13) which is incredibly encouraging.” However, because that part of the drive was three weeks later this year than in 2013, the agency has less time left between Appeal Week and the end of the fiscal year to achieve its goal, McCarrick noted.
Michael Pratt, who has co-chaired the drive with his wife Maureen, said, “We all know Western New Yorkers are among the most generous and compassionate people in the U.S. and we urge individuals, corporations, schools and parish organizations to keep working to help Catholic Charities to continue to make a difference in the lives of the nearly 138,000 neighbors in need — Catholics and non-Catholics alike — who are depending on us.”
An agency spokesperson said Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, healthy and productive lives. It is generally considered the most comprehensive human service provider serving Western New York and has received the highest ratings for quality of service provided. In addition, the Council of Accreditation and Charity Navigator has cited the agency’s outstanding financial health and accountability.
The theme of this year’s Appeal is “Heart at work,” and the patron saint of the drive is St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio).